200-game milestone for O'Sign | VIDEO

Former North Launceston captain Allan O'Sign will play his 200th game for the club tomorrow  when the Bombers take on Burnie
Former North Launceston captain Allan O'Sign will play his 200th game for the club tomorrow when the Bombers take on Burnie

ONE of North Launceston's best players and most loyal servants brings up his 200th senior game for the club against Burnie tomorrow.

Former captain Allan O'Sign, 29,  reaches the milestone after making his senior debut for the Bombers as a 15-year-old in 2001 under coach Gary McIntosh.

``The milestone is a big achievement especially at a club that I've admired since I was a little fellow,'' O'Sign said.

``I've had the privilege of playing with some great mates and played under some great coaches such as McIntosh, Rod Keogh, Mathew Armstrong and Darryn Cresswell in the Devils and I learnt a lot off those guys.

``The support the club has given me through the tough times and the good times _ it is going to be a memorable moment and bringing it  Leg 1up against a team like Burnie that I have the utmost respect for will be a good match-up.''

As one of the most experienced players in a young group, O'Sign said he enjoyed the energy the younger players were bringing to the team and being able to help their development with his advice and experience.

``I like to let my actions do the talking as far as my leadership is concerned,'' he said.

A six-time runner-up in club best and fairest awards, O'Sign said the Bombers were developing the right culture for success and he hoped to continue around the club for a couple of more years if the body holds up.

 ``It has been a big time and when I first started at North I was lucky enough to play in two losing NTFL grand finals in 2001 and 2003,  but it's been 10 years since _ so it would be nice to get back playing finals and ultimately a grand final.''

North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn was full of praise for O'Sign's achievement.

``Allan is only the 14th player in the club's history to do that at our footy club and it is a privilege to have played with him,'' Littlejohn said.

``He's played Tassie Mariners and VFL footy with the Devils and would probably have had about 300 games by now if it wasn't for interruptions by representative footy and injuries.

``We will speak a bit about it at training and as the week goes on we want to make the boys appreciate that it takes a lot of hard work to play 200 games at a club in this day and age.''


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